Francis Ford Coppola Relaunches Zoetrope.com With a Short-Film Section

The site first launched in 1997.
Francis Ford Coppola relaunches Zoetrope.com With a Short-Film Section
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Francis Ford Coppola, noted vintner and Academy Award–winning filmmaker, today announced the relaunch of his Zoetrope.com website. Newly redesigned with a new section devoted to short films, the “virtual studio for the writing community” aims to be a hub for aspiring artists across several different fields.

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Zoetrope.com first came about in 1997 as both a network for creatives and a source of material for Coppola’s literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story. In a statement, Coppola said that the aim of the relaunched site is to “let everyone have access to a movie studio or set a new context of creative community for people interested in cinema, music, acting, art, graphics, photography, songwriting, and so on.”

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The short-film section is intended to allow screenwriters, producers and directors to give and receive feedback from peers; for each story a member submits, they’re obliged to review five other works. Zoetrope.com also features two writing contests: the 20th annual Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest and the 14th annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest. The former comes with a grand prize of $1,000, the latter $5,000. Check out the website here.

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